New Frankston senior coach Danny Ryan gives his thoughts on the club’s upcoming Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL season.
2018 FINISH: 14th (2-16 record)
2018 BEST AND FAIREST: 1. Lewis Pierce / 2. Will Fordham / 3. Corey Rich
2018 TEAM OF THE YEAR SELECTIONS: Corey Rich
CURRENT AFL DRAFTEES FROM CLUB:
- Selected in 2010: Michael Hibberd (Essendon/Melbourne) 84/39 games
- 2011: Mark Baguley* (Essendon) 124
- 2013: Sam Lloyd (Richmond/Western Bulldogs) 57/0
- 2014: Nic Newman* (Sydney/Carlton) 31/0
2019 SEASON START: vs Essendon @ SkyBus Stadium, Sunday April 7 (CLICK HERE for full fixture)
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Frankston Football Club is out to increase its membership this year as it attempts to consolidate its future in the VFL. Go Dolphins….
Nathan Freeman (24yo in 2019, from St Kilda AFL): “We’re hoping Nathan stays fit and healthy and gets to showcase his wares this year. He’s predominantly an inside midfielder, but he’ll play a fair bit on the wing and a little bit as a forward. He’s already been a significant contributor to the coaching of the group overall. He’s looking for another chance at AFL level and if he can put together a great body of work at VFL level, that’ll be good for us and hopefully good for him.”
NATHAN FREEMAN ON PATH BACK TO HIGHEST LEVEL… Football has given Nathan Freeman every possible obstacle…. Read the full story by Tyler Lewis at https://t.co/qXtRuQkWCn #bepartofit #hespartofit pic.twitter.com/ARe7Ti384K
— Frankston Football Club (@VFL_Dolphins) December 14, 2018
Josh Newman (25yo in 2019): “Josh is a former Frankston player (52 games from 2013-16) who spent 2017 at Williamstown and then went overseas last year. He’s training well and showing outstanding leadership capabilities. Ideally we’d like him playing across half back this year, but he might go deeper into defence when required or spend some time in the midfield to develop his game.”
Shem Tatupu (24yo in 2019, from St Kilda City): “Shem is an ex-Hawthorn AFL rookie (in 2014-15) and he actually trained a little bit with us last year while playing at local level. He’s been playing some footy in Darwin over the summer and has stripped a significant amount of weight from where he was at last year. He’s looking very promising as a key forward.”
Nathan Fahey (23yo in 2019, from East Fremantle) and Jimmy Miller (22yo in 2019, from South Fremantle): “Nathan and Jimmy are livening up the forward line as key-position players. Nathan is a bit smaller than Jimmy but is quite strongly built with a good set of hands, while Jimmy is a more rangy, mobile marking player. They’ll give us something to aim at this year after a lot of responsibility fell on (departed key forward) Todd Elton’s shoulders in 2018.”
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POTENTIAL BIG IMPROVERS
Aloysio Ferreira (23yo in 2019, 36 VFL games): “Aloysio has really stepped up in terms of his leadership. I remember from my days at the Casey Demons (as senior assistant coach in 2017) watching Aloysio get on the end of all the hard work up the field and using his skills to finish it off, whereas last year he really had to get in and win more of the ball himself. There was significant learning for him in having to do that.”
Corey Rich (22yo in 2019, 24 VFL games): “There’ll be a natural progression for Corey after playing an entire season at VFL level last year (following six VFL games for Sandringham in 2016-17). He’s been playing in the midfield this pre-season. We know he can play inside 50 (34 goals in 2018), but we’re trying to bolster our numbers in the middle and I’m sure he’ll also enjoy kicking to our forwards.”
ELIGIBLE 23rd PLAYERS TO WATCH
Lachlan McDonnell (19yo in 2019, from Dandenong Stingrays): “We’re really bullish about Lachie and I thought he was unlucky not to be drafted last year. He’s been playing on a wing and at half forward this pre-season. We really like his ability to find the ball in space and his decision-making going inside 50 has been a real feature.”
James Rendell (19yo in 2019, from Sandringham Dragons): “James is another one I think was probably unlucky to not be drafted last year. He’ll be a ruck/forward for us and he’s been really impressive at training. Being the son of (ex-AFL player and assistant coach) Matt Rendell, he’s pretty switched on with his footy.”
Harry Houlahan (19yo in 2019, Sandringham Dragons): “Harry was thinking about a 19-year-old spot at the Dragons (in the NAB League Boys) this year, but he’s chosen to play his footy with us. He could play off a wing or at half back.”
“We won’t finalise our leadership group until almost at the end of our practice match series. Blake Mullane (24yo in 2019, 58 VFL games) was a great captain last year for our first season back in the competition (after a year out). Our leadership group will probably be reduced this year, but I’d expect Blake to be well and truly in the mix for it.”
“While the on-field results obviously weren’t ideal last year, the football program itself was in pretty good shape. (Former senior coach) Adam Skrobalak and (ex-playing coach) Jake Batchelor helped build some strong foundations and a lot of that remains, but we’ve been working on increased forward-line and midfield firepower this year. We want to be more exciting in how we move the ball, so there might be a bit more focus on attack – while not giving up our defensive principles.
“Too much was probably left to too few last year. With some of our important players from 2018 and other recruits we’ve brought in, we feel our depth of numbers will lead to a collective lift this year. There can be more of a balance to our players’ games and they won’t have to do all the heavy lifting themselves.”
ASSISTANT COACHING PANEL
Back line coaches: Paul Goonan (from Mount Eliza) and Jon Gahan (retained from 2018)
Midfield line coaches: Chris McKay (retained from 2018), Jarrod Crosby (retained from 2018) and Chris Gamble (from Cerberus)
Forward line coaches: Stephen Kidd (from Mornington) and Brad Berry (from Sandringham Dragons)
Ruck coach: Blake McGrath (from Leongatha)
HEADLINE YOU WANT TO SEE
“I’d love to see a headline along the lines of ‘Frankston is hard to play against’.”
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